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Raisio plc's Research Foundation

General information on Raisio plc’s Research Foundation​

Raisio plc’s Research Foundation supports scientific research primarily related to the development of foods, food ingredients and their production methods.​ The Research Foundation also supports research related to safety of food products and commercialization of food products.​

In recent years, the Research Foundation has executed its activity mainly by admitting personal salary grants for postgraduate studies, aiming to complete a doctoral dissertation​.

The Raisio plc’s Research Foundation grant call

The Raisio plc’s Research Foundation grant call in now closed. Thank you for your applications. Admitted grants will be announced to applicants by November 30th, 2021.

A donation of EUR 500 000 to University of Turku for a professorship in Food Development with special focus on Nordic foods​

In 2018, Raisio plc’s Research Foundation decided to donate funds to the University of Turku to a professorship in the Food Chemistry and Food Development Unit of the Faculty of Science and Technology. The new professorship focuses on the study of the plants cultivated in Finland, supports the export of Finnish foods that are based on sustainable development, and promotes well-being by advancing the development of healthy foods.​

The donation of EUR 500,000 from Raisio plc’s Research Foundation covers the basic funding of the professorship for the first five years, i.e., 2019–2023. The University of Turku appointed PhD Kati Hanhineva for the position. Read more from University of Turku’s online news.​

The Board of the Foundation

Members of the Board of the Raisio plc’s Research Foundation:
President, CEO Pekka Kuusniemi, Raisio plc, Chairman of the Board
Professor Maija Tenkanen​, University of Helsinki
Member of the Board Erkki Haavisto, Raisio plc
Professor Tapio Salmi, Åbo Akademi
Ph.D. Jussi Manninen, VTT
Product Development Director Aino Sivonen, Raisio plc


Representative: Director of Research, Ingmar Wester,, Tel. 050 601 32​